Fans of Quitman High School softball has been blessed to witness many tremendous athletic achievements over the years but none like what freshman phenom Maggie Guyotte turned in during the six day period of March 6-11. For that matter neither has anyone in all of Jackson Parish because it has never been done before.
As result of her wonderous week of play, Guyotte has been named as the inaugural Jackson Parish Journal Spring Standout of the Week. This new award that is being sponsored by VP Raceway FastLube of Jonesboro, will honor the best weekly performance by an athlete from JHHS, Quitman or Weston High School in the spring sports of baseball, softball, track, tennis or golf.
While there were several good performances by parish athletes the decision to choose Guyotte to be the first winner was relatively an easy one. Six times she trotted around the bases by virtue of home runs in five straight contests that included two “taters” in one. Added to the production was six other times she reached base via a double, a single, three walks and getting hit by a pitch that resulted in a .533 batting average (8 hits/15 at bats), six runs scored and 10 runs batted in.
Her contribution to the five straight victories achieved over top competition that vaulted Quitman High School from #9 to #1 in the LHSAA Division V ranking among “non-select” schools, didn’t stop there.
Guyotte also recorded three victories in three starts in the circle for the Lady Wolverines where she struck out 13 batters in 15.2 innings and compiled a 0.984 ERA. Included was a two-hit shutout of Division III foe North Webster, a two-hit victory against #14 ranked Hicks and beating Bell City when they were the #1 ranked team in Division V.
After Monday’s district 1B opening victory over parish rival Weston, where Guyotte once again hit a home run for now her sixth straight game and drove in five runs, her statistics for the year as of March 13th is a .596 batting average with 12 home runs, four doubles, a triple, 33 RBI and 19 runs scored. The home run total is a continual evolving record by a freshman in Jackson Parish, and according to Maxpreps.com is tops in the entire nation for a freshman and 2nd in the state and tied for 4th in the nation in all classifications. The 33 RBI’s also tops all freshmen in the state, is the 2nd highest total statewide among all classes and is tied for 2nd in the nation among freshman.
By being named the first ever weekly winner of the Jackson Parish Journal Spring Sport Standout Award, Guyotte is now eligible for the Spring Sport Standout Star of the Year Award that will be presented after all athletic competition comes to a close this spring.